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    • Day 6

      Washington DC Tag 2

      January 2 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

      Der Tag begann mit einem sehr guten Frühstück. 🥞 Mit dem Hop on, hop off Bus 🚌 ging es dann zum Capitol. Da haben wir eine Stündige Führung besucht. Kurz beim Plattenladen 130$ ausgegeben & noch zu viel Dinner gegessen. Der „kleine“ Dessert hat uns dann gerade noch den Rest gegeben. Den Abend haben wir in einer Rooftop-Bar ausklingen lassen mit Blick auf den President‘s Park & das Weisse Haus. 🏠Read more

    • Day 8

      Ford’s Theatre

      March 17, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      First stop of the day was the Ford’s Theatre, it was here in April, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by well-known stage actor John Wilkes Booth. What I found interesting was prior to this Lincoln had gone to the Ford’s theatre to see a play staring Booth, during the play Booth aimed many of the harsher lines of the play at Lincoln. One of Lincoln’s aides said “he has it in for you.”Read more

    • Day 12

      National Portrait Gallery

      May 10, 2023 in the United States

      As my last stop in DC, I visited the National Portrait Gallery. It has not only some nice paintings but with its beautiful building, it also makes a pretty decent place to spend some time 😊

      Among others the Gallery holds the presidential portraits. Most of them actually look pretty similar with the exception of Kennedy and Obama. In my opinion, more presidents should try something new 😅Read more

    • Day 8

      Dinner in Washington

      July 2, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      Nach dem langen und vor allem für die Beine anstrengenden Tag, sind wir nur noch etwas essen gegangen. Dafür ging es für uns nach Chinatown. In einem japanischen Restaurant haben wir dann gegessen. Nach jetzt fast einer Woche haben wir uns aber immer noch nicht an das schnelle Tempo beim Essen und vor allem beim Bezahlen, sobald das letzte Stück gegessen ist, gewohnt. Danach ging es auf direktem Weg zurück ins Hotel und ab ins Bett.Read more

    • Day 23

      Washington DC

      May 12, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      We woke to a solid breakfast courtesy of our hostel, which has a ritual that guests greet staff with a 'good morning' in a language other than English. Alex eager to finally put his D in GCSE German to good use, fired off 'Guten Tag', only to realise that it is in fact 'Guten Morgan'. Fail.

      The next day was better, eager to redeem himself, Alex got in early with 'Buenos Dias'. He was so convincing the staff member tried to communicate further with us in Spanish thinking Alex was in fact Spanish. Ole!

      It was another hot and humid day out on the streets of Washington. We knew we'd arrived at the White House even before seeing the building because of the watchful security and tourist crowds. Snipers on the roof, K-9 dog teams, guns, body armour and of course - sunglasses surrounding the white shining walls of the the President's residence.

      We strolled around the great lawn of the Eclipse as sunglass-toting men with 'secret service' stitched on their body armour rode past on bicycles. Before us towered the obelisk of the Washington Monument with clouds brewing around its pinnacle. You can go to the top of the monument but the tickets for the day had gone by the time we arrived. Many historical attractions and museums in Washington are free to the public which is great but unfortunately we are not staying in Washington long enough to fully appreciate this.

      We walked down the Mall as a slight breeze lapped the water of the reflecting pool with the Lincoln Memorial growing in size as we approached. Inside the raised stone temple sits a marble statue of the man enshrined by engravings of his Gettesburg Address and his Second Inaugural Speech.

      These engraved speeches give reference to 'one nation under God', a need for 'freedom' and that 'it may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces'.

      However the sense of optimism raised from this fanfare of success is muted when you realise that nearly 100 years later, in 1963, Martin Luther King stood on the very steps of the memorial to deliver his 'I Have A Dream' speech due to the significant short comings in this ideology.

      We walked the short distance to the memorial that now stands to Martin Luther King. His likeness carved out of milky stone, arms crossed, looking out across the waters of the tidal basin. Quotes of Dr King's own speeches are carved in a dark stone wall behind his figure, one reading -

      'The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy' (25th February 1967, Los Angeles)

      We later joined a free tour of the city's African American history from our hostel. It took us to the home of Duke Ellington and other buildings of significance in the area around U street, which until the boom of Harlem in the 1920s was the largest African American community in the U.S. We finished the tour at the landmark Ben's Chilli Bowl where previous patrons include Bill Cosby and Barrack Obama. Sitting in the diner, with its walls displaying memorabilia and a jukebox playing Smokey Robinson and Michael Jackson, we tucked into the signature dish of chilli half-smoke (hot dog in a bun with mustard and chilli served over the top and a side of crinkle crisps).
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    • Day 2

      Washington

      May 31, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Der Jetlag hat uns leider Erwischt. Um 5 Uhr waren wir wach und konnten nicht mehr weiter schlafen. Also haben wir uns fertig gemacht, wir mussten noch einen Parkplatz für unser Auto suchen da wir auf der Straße nur bis 7 Uhr Morgens stehen durften. Direkt neben dem Hotel ist einer für 30 Dollar die Nacht, ist Preislich okay und überwacht, aber haben trotzdem lieber in der hinteren Reihe geparkt.
      Anschließend haben wir uns ein Frühstück geteilt, Pancakes, Eier und Bacon. War definitief sehr lecker aber auch zu viel für eine Person.
      Da unsere Koffer immer noch nicht da waren mussten wir noch Sonnencreme und Haargummis kaufen.
      Unser Hotel ist direkt im China-Viertel. Manchmal komische Gerüche aber ansonsten sehr angenehm.
      Anschließend sind wir weiter zum Weißen Haus. Ich muss ehrlich sagen ich war etwas enttäuscht (ich habe sogar JP gefragt ob es das wirklich ist), es sieht in echt viel kleiner aus als im Fernsehen. Leider durfte man nicht direkt vor den Zaun weil abgesperrt war. Sehr viel Polizei mit großen Waffen! Unheimlich ist auch das egal wo man hingeht eigentlich über all Kameras hängen die einen Filmen.
      Wir sind weiter gelaufen aber es wurde immer heißer und heißer und man hat es schnell draußen nicht mehr ausgehalten. Haben uns dann in ein Restaurant gesetzt was gegessen und getrunken, sind dann aber doch zurück zum Hotel da wir noch viel vor uns hätten und das in der Hitze nicht auszuhalten war.
      Hat auch gepasst, da kurz darauf die Rezeption angerufen hat, unsere Koffer sind endlich da.
      Also ist JP runter um sie zu holen und was war? Tja nur mein Koffer ist da seiner ist leider immer noch weg. Bei der Airline haben wir leider auch niemanden erreicht und somit wissen wir jetzt auch nicht was los ist. Morgen sind wir auch schon in einem anderen Hotel. Es bleibt spannend allerdings hat uns das schon ziehmlich den restlichen Tag versaut.
      Meine Haarbürste ist in dem anderen Koffer, werden dann wohl wieder Einkaufen müssen noch ein Tag ohne Haarbürste geht nicht.
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    • Day 1

      Anreise nach Washington

      May 30, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Aufregender Tag! Gab viel durcheinander beim Fliegen. Sind mit 3 Stunden Verspätung endlich in Washington gelandet. Unsere Flugroute ging über Grönland da gab's echt was zusehen, war sehr schön! Anschließend haben wir unser Auto geholt und sind erst mal was essen gegangen. Verrückt, eine Kette neben der anderen, wer kann so viel essen?
      Da unser Gepäck verloren gegangen ist mussten wir nach der langen Reise noch in eine Mall fahren, durften aber für 200 Dollar shoppen gehen und die Airline muss es bezahlen!
      Um 23 Uhr endlich im Hotel angekommen und ab ins Bett, da waren wir dann 23 Stunden auf den Beinen.
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    • Day 1,350

      USA Tour - Washington (Thanksgiving)

      November 22, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 -2 °C

      Literally just got set up in my hostel in Washington after an 11 hour coach journey from Boston. My legs are in agony, I’m also pretty certain I have DVT!

      Anyway, left Boston this morning at 9:30am and on my walk to the station the entire place was like a ghost town. Didn’t see a single person. I was quick to get away from my room as I met the other person staying in my dorm for the first time and she was an ‘energy healer and cleanser’ she visits sacred locations around the USA and helps brings ‘positive energy’ to those locations.... I couldn’t leave quick enough.

      The journey here wasn’t pretty uneventful, I watched a series on Netflix called ‘conspiracy’ which kept me entertained the entire way. Did manage a glimpse of Philadelphia and NYC on my journey though.

      Got off at Washington union station and the idea was to walk to the hostel as it was only a 25 minute walk or so but... Jesus some weirdos around there. From the time leaving the coach to getting outside I was approached by 6 randomers just talking gibberish. Was a bit strange, not so much scary but definitely strange. Also when I got outside the place was dead - everyone is at home for thanksgiving, so I thought it would be best just to get an Uber to the hostel. First time I’ve gone for a room as big as 10 so we’ll see how that gets on.

      I guess I’ll just chill in the hostel tonight as everywhere is closed for the night - but tomorrow I am off exploring.... an already explored city!
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    • Day 8

      Embassy Hilton Suites

      June 15, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Vi ankom fra New York og fandt vores hotel.
      Det var super lækkert. To rum, to fjernsyn, ti senge og en sovesofa. Vi sov på værelse 822 og der var en lang pool og en hot spa op 2. etage.
      Hver aften mellem 16:30 og 19:30 var der fri bar og snacks.
      Vi syntes det var superlækkert.
      Drengene prøvede poolen med det samme.
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    • Day 15

      The Mall + FBI Building

      September 24, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Nel pomeriggio abbiamo avuto tempo libero e con Camilla e Salvatore ne abbiamo approfittato per andare - visto che il tempo non era poi così bello da convincerci a stare fuori - all'Air And Space Museum. Si è rivelato di molto superiore alle aspettative!

      Tra le tante cose belle abbiamo visto l'aereo dei fratello Wright, il primo aereo della storia! È stato super interessante vederlo a dimensione naturale e leggere tutte le curiosità sulla storia del volo e su quel primo viaggio! Abbiamo potuto toccare un pezzetto di roccia lunare, siamo entrati nella riproduzione di una vecchia stazione spaziale e di uno dei primi Boeing intercontinentali. C'erano un sacco di aerei importanti, da quelli da guerra a quelli turistici: Matt ha adorato poter entrare a vedere la cabina di comando!
      C'era anche una bellissima parte interattiva dedicata allo spazio e una ancora più piena di leve, bottoni e giochini in cui si spiegava perché gli aerei volano. Noi in realtà abbiamo saltellato senza troppo criterio da un giochino all'altro senza capirne troppo il significato scientifico sottostante. Alcuni erano interessanti (tipo quello con gli effetti del sottovuoto) e divertenti (tipo pilotare un mini aereo cavalcando in modo giusto le correnti), ma tendenzialmente ci lanciavamo nello sperimentare il giochino senza troppo leggere le istruzioni nè sforzarci di apprendere qualcosa... 😜

      Abbiamo fatto una capatina al giardino botanico prima che chiudesse (qui tutto chiude prestissimo, alle 17:00!): una visita veloce ma molto interessante. Era ben diviso per tipi di piante: orchidee, cactacee, piante medicinali... e anche se era piccino era molto ricco di cose belle. La mia sala preferita è stata quella del clima tropicale con le orchidee che si arrampicavano dappertutto!

      Da lì io avevo due tappe obbligatorie: il Jeffersonian e l'edificio dell'FBI.
      Purtroppo l'edificio dello Smithsonian, a cui il Jeffersonian è ispirato, non è quello che si vede nelle riprese di Bones. Il viaggio sarebbe stato a vuoto se lungo la strada, durante una sosta fotografica di Matt e Camilla, io e Salvatore non avessimo deciso di raccogliere il cotone dai fiori di un'aiuola per sentire com'era! Sono morbidosi, e siccome ha piovuto tutto il giorno si sono inzuppati d'acqua, tanto che sembravano proprio batuffoli di cotone idrofilo, di quello che si compra al supermercato... invece era super naturale!

      La tappa all'FBI invece si è rivelata moooolto più soddisfacente. L'edificio non è affatto bello né appariscente, ma è "davvero vero"! La cosa carina è che ci siamo accorti che dallo Smitshonian/Jeffersonian all'FBI ci sono davvero solo dieci minuti di strada a piedi: Booth e Brennan lavorano davvero vicini! 💕

      Matt ha fatto una foto davanti al suo reale posto di lavoro. Non salutava nessuno solo perché voleva mantenere la copertura, ma tanto ormai io l'ho capito... 😎

      E finalmente l'agente dell'FBI sotto copertura e la dottoressa Brennan sono stati immortalati nella città dove ha luogo il loro telefilm, davanti all'obelisco che si vede in tanti episodi! 💕💕💕
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